Hicatee Turtle Conservatation & Research Center Intern BFREE Field Station, Belize
Friday, April 07, 2017 02:18 PM

Internship Location: ​BFREE Field Station in Toledo, Belize

Availability:​ Available beginning May 2017 for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 6 months

Application Deadline:​ May 31, 2017

Intern Responsibilities: ​HCRC Intern will be assigned to work at BFREE’s Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) – this is a captive breeding facility for the Critically Endangered Central American River Turtle Dermatemys mawii (known in Belize as Hicatee).

As an intern with the HCRC, you will:

● Assist in the daily feeding and care of the adult turtles and hatchlings

● Document growth on the hatchlings

● Clean and maintain tanks for hatchlings

● Assist in routine maintenance of the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center

● Collect observational data on the turtles

● Perform feeding trials

During times when not working in the HCRC, you will assist with general day to day needs around the field station including the cacao and coffee agroforest work, helping with meal preparation and clean-up, assist with trail maintenance, town runs, and administrative tasks. Duties may change as determined by current needs at the time of your assignment.

Qualifications​: Graduate or undergraduate students who have the desire to learn and work hard as well as the willingness to adapt to a changing work environment. Interns must be able to produce well written reports; be in excellent physical condition; be familiar with scientific methods, techniques and tools. Ability to focus and handle details accurately in a timely manner is necessary.

Costs​: Internships at US for BFREE are non-paid, however, include extensive opportunities for technical and professional skill-building and portfolio development. Lodging and meals while at the BFREE Field Station are $350 per week.

Application Process​: Applicants are required to submit their current resume and a cover letter detailing their relevant experience and particular area(s) of interest while working with BFREE to Tyler Sanville at contact@bfreebz.org by 5/31/17. Selected applicants will receive a BFREE intern/volunteer application to complete.

About BFREE: Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization registered in the United States in 1995. BFREE manages a biological field station in southern Belize on a 1153 acre private protected area. The primary goals of BFREE are to assist the government of Belize in the conservation of Belize's protected areas and natural resources. This is achieved through facilitating scientific research, conducting environmental education programs and helping increase conservation awareness within the buffer communities nearest BFREE.

US for Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE)

2602 NW 6​ th​ Street. Gainesville, Florida 32609

www.bfreebz.org